Food that has been sitting in the freezer: is it safe to eat?
Often the meat we put in the freezer looks a little different after a period of time when we take it out. This happens for one of two reasons: either you didn’t store your food properly, or your food has been in the freezer for a long time (eventually, anything in the freezer will start to turn to ice if left there too long).When meat is left in the freezer for a long time, it may turn gray or brown. There are also foods that may have a grainy texture or look dry and sometimes the taste may also be a little strange. Ice cream and frozen desserts may also get covered with a thick ice crystal and lose a little of the original taste.

How does that happen?

Food loses moisture when stored in the freezer although at a low level if the food is packed and wrapped tightly to prevent air from entering. As the air gets in, moisture seeps out, leading to that frosty, colorless appearance.

Is frozen food with ice safe to eat?

Although freezer burned food may not look appealing, it is perfectly safe to eat. Freezer burn does affect the quality but not the safety of the food. It is best to remove parts of meat or vegetables that have been exposed to freezer burn, as this will significantly affect the taste and texture due to the loss of moisture.

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How can you prevent the burn?

  • It is recommended to use sealed containers and freezer-proof packaging to reduce the risk of air ingress.
  • Do not overfill the freezer.
  • Wrap the food in cling film or aluminum foil before placing it in the boxes.
  • Use frozen food within 2 to 4 months.

 

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